L’Art de DC…

As a great editor once said – ‘Well if Paris is gonna go gablooey I want my best reporter right in the middle of it’ – and so SUPERMANIA brings you the lowdown on the gleaming new exhibition in France which opened to the public this week.

Quite out of nowhere and “In collaboration with DC Entertainment and with the participation of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, The Art Ludique Le Musee presents “The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes,” a unique world first exhibition that pays tribute to the story of DC and its iconic Super Heroes and Villains such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Joker at the origin of a true contemporary mythology. 

An original creation of the Art Ludique-Le Musée team, “The Art of DC – The Dawn of the Super Heroes”, unveils more than 250 original historical plates and more than 300 works of research from the cinema and many Costumes and genuine props from the films

We also present the authentic costumes created for the great DC movies such as the mythical costume worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman and the famous costume worn by Lynda Carter in Wonder Woman in the 1970’s…”

While this may be an all-new installation some of the artefacts shown may look familiar.  Indeed, the Superman costume (Top pic, on loan from WB archives) is the same one remounted from the 75th anniversary showcase at comic-con in 2013.

The Clark Kent ensemble, however (second pic) is more of a mystery and may be comprised of genuine suit pieces over a screenused Superman tunic completed with replacement glasses and hat.

The real finds here though are the miniature costumes for special effects flying models of Reeve & Kidder for the ‘Can you read my mind’ sequence in ‘Superman – The Movie’ (third pic).  These wonderful, intricate creations were never seen in the finished picture but remain a  testament to the ingenuity of the art dept. as the Superman costume, for example, is made form the same fabric as the full-size outfits.  Set in a glass case surrounded by hand-drawn storyboards, its as fine a collection of Super-movie history collected in one place you’re ever likely to see…

  • From  March 31, 2017 to September 10, 2017
  • Address : 34 Quai d’Austerlitz – 75013 Paris (metro station Gare d’Austerlitz, parking paying opposite)
  • Prices : 16.50 € (regular rate), 13.50 € (reduced rate), 11 € (children from 4 to 12 years or group +20)
  • Opening hours : Monday: 11:00 – 19:00, Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:00, Thursday: 11:00 – 22:00 – Nocturne, Friday: 11:00 – 19:00, Saturday: 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm

Too True To Be Good…

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From the top – clipped from the pages of British Screen, the half page ad for Superman IV features a rare behind the scenes still of Christopher Reeve swooping in to Milton Keynes as part of Cannon Films optimistic submissions to BAFTA – A newspaper ad for the comic adaptation of Superman IV from 1987 – A DC Comics trade ad championing Neal Adams return to Superman comics in 1988 and a somewhat premature announcement for Superman V from a brochure given out at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Of course, in an ideal world, all of the above would be true but in fact, sadly none of these images are genuine vintage but are in fact the latest creations of artist and SuperFan Jason Leggett, whose convincing works of nostalgia have been featured on the site many times before.  Look out for more of Jason’s retro designs in the coming weeks…

“For Real…”

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After you have feasted your eyes on these flawless new renders we further invite you to attend a conversation with the artist to hear all about what it takes to create such awesome likenesses and discover the inspiration behind them.  Click here to go straight to the studio for an exclusive interview with SuperFan Sebastian Colombo where he talks about his techniques, breaking into the comics industry, his plans for the future and the moment he saw a genuine Superman costume for the first time.

The Colombo Portfolio has been thoroughly revised and updated and coverage of his upcoming art and costume projects will be showcased there.  Meantime, enjoy the candid conversation with the SuperFan who thought the man he saw on screen at a young age was Superman for real and continues to apply his considerable talents to keeping the Reeve legacy alive…

“He Can Fly Now…”

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SUPERMANIA returns after a spell in the Phantom Zone with an all-new update from our friend and longtime Superfan favourite Arnie Kim.

Perhaps best known as the talented sculptor responsible for his incomparable likenesses and scale replicas of Bruce Lee, his 1/6 scale Christopher Reeve Superman head for Hot Toys also remains the standard by which all others are judged –

But now Arnie has surpassed himself with the above reveal of this one of a kind semi-poseable mixed media quarter scale figure entitled ‘He Can Fly Now’ featuring accurate fabric costume (Designed by Yeo Jeungmin) and miniature acrylic eyes.

SUPERMANIA has faithfully followed Arnie’s progress on all his Superman projects over the last few years, from the genesis (and ultimate revision) of his Hot Toys sculpt to the limited quarter scale bust and is proud to present the culmination of his work with what must be considered the ultimate tribute to Reeve’s incarnation.

Besides the impeccable likeness (second pic) what sets the finished piece apart is the body proportions (so often overlooked by most commercial releases) where Reeve’s broad shoulders and long legs (third pic) put it in a different class than the likes of Sideshow Collectibles or the more recent offering from NECA, exhibiting a degree of realism most fans have been clamouring for.

Its not 100% perfect however – very minor quibbles regarding the size of the hands, low positioning of the belt, length of the boots and inaccurate cape shield do not detract from the overall effect where they might be dealbreakers on a lesser figure.

Alas, typically the statue is a personal work and therefore apparently not for sale until Arnie says otherwise – short runs of his bust when produced commanded stratospheric sums when offered so expect this to whip up a similar frenzy if offered.  Meantime, rumours abound of new and upcoming licensed Christopher Reeve statues from such revered companies as Blitzway and Prime One Studios, so there’s always hope…

99 Cards..!

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W E L C O M E S  Y O U  T O  2 0 1 6 !

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DSC_1284DSC_1279DSC_1278After a two-month hiatus, SUPERMANIA returns from the confines of the Xeno Galaxy with the long-overdue result of a fantastic collaboration in hand…

The product of years of diligent research, design and copy writing, this fan project has finally come to fruition and fulfilled its original brief – to plug a big hole in Superman collectable history.

Never officially produced for reasons still unknown, this Topps style Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Movie Picture Card series has been created from scratch using rare images compiled from the SUPERMANIA, Capedwonder.com and A Tribute To Christopher Reeve‘s joint collections to fill the void and illustrate the story of the longest, uncut version of the film as originally intended over 99  cards.

Considerable effort was made to give this set as authentically vintage appearance as possible to compliment the prior collections in the series perfectly and be indistinguishable in presentation and quality from any official release from the era (second pic) from the traditional title card (top pic) to the accompanying story breakdown on the reverse (incorporating all deleted scenes).

This full base set (Note: Stickers will be a future project) concludes with a special hand-numbered preview card (note; ‘AP’ Artists Proof) of the unmade feature Superman V (third pic, for fun as if the movie series were to continue) for this strictly-limited run of 50 sets (to tie in with Superman’s 50th anniversary at the time).

SUPERMANIA highlights that this is simply a wish fulfilment fan-art project and does not intend to infringe copyright in any way.  However, should you wish to learn more about the collection, feel free to leave comments below and an email address should you require more information…